Approved by Faculty Senate
University Studies Course Proposal,
Arts and Science Core, Fine and Applied Arts-- MUS 141
University Studies Course Approval:
Department or Program: Music
Course Number: 141
Number of Credits 1 S.H.
Course Title: World Music Ensemble
Open to all students; no audition necessary. A performing ensemble open to students and
community members. Offered as a two-semester sequence culminating in an annual spring
performance of the music from the specified world culture group. The ensemble will perform
on authentic instruments from the focus culture. May be repeated for credit.
This is an existing course that has previously been approved by A2C2:
Department Contact Person for this Course: Cathy Schmidt
USP Outcome #1:
In this course the students explore the language, skills, and materials
of music from another part of the world. The current offering is Javanese gamelan. In this
section and in any others that we might offer in the future (African drumming, for
example), students learn to play the instruments, the formal structures of the music, the
terminology, the care and handling of the instruments, and selected representative
repertoire from the tradition.
USP Outcome #2:
In "World Music Ensemble," students are using the methods of
a practicing musician from a different culture and are actively engaged in the creative
processes of performing music. In many of the culture groups that may become topics for
additional sections, improvisation is a major part of the performance. In the current
offering, Javanese gamelan, students are often making musical decisions regarding what
patterns to play at particular points in the music. There is no conductor; students must
rely on their ears to hear when the drum or another instrument signals a change in the
USP Outcome #3:
Because the cultural and gender contexts of artistic expression in
World Music Ensemble are those of a different culture, they are highlighted particularly
in the course. In Javanese gamelan we have a guest Javanese instructor, Joko Sutrisno,
present on a bi-weekly basis. Mr. Sutrisno weaves in discussion concerning the contexts of
the music, the role of the musicians, and the role of men and women in the tradition and
in the culture throughout the classes that he teaches. Both Mr. Sutrisno and the other
teachers in the course (Rich MacDonald and Cathy Schmidt) encourage questions and
participatory discussion from the group regarding the musical traditions surrounding this
music and the cultural contextual background for these traditions.
USP Outcome #4:
Students receive tapes of Javanese gamelan performances in the course
and are required to listen to the tapes on their own and discuss the music in rehearsal.
They are asked to analyze the performance of the group for quality of performance and
style. This would be part of other ensembles that might be offered under this number as
WORLD MUSIC ENSEMBLE
SECTION 1: JAVANESE GAMELAN ENSEMBLE
Javanese Instructor: Joko Sutrisno
Assistant Instructors: Cathy Schmidt and Rich MacDonald
A performing ensemble open to students and community members. Offered as a two-semester
sequence culminating in an annual spring performance of the music from the specified world
culture group. The ensemble will perform on authentic instruments from the focus culture.
This section is focused on performance skills in Javanese Gamelan music. May be repeated
for credit. This course may be applied toward the Fine and Performing Arts University
Studies Program Requirements.
Statement of the major focus and objectives of the course.
World Music Ensemble is a performing group that focuses on authentic performance practices
from various music cultures of the world. Each section offered will focus on performing in
a particular style from the music of a specific culture group. A major objective is the
involvement of community members and students in a cooperative learning experience.
Students and community members will explore the language, skills, and materials of the
culture, actively engage in the creative processes of the musical tradition, and learn
about the relationship of music to culture.
This course fulfills the requirements for the Fine and Performing Arts category of the
University Studies Program by including learning activities that promote students'
a. explore the language, skills, and materials of an artistic discipline;
b. use the methods of an arts practitioner to actively engage in creative processes or
c. understand the cultural and gender contexts of artistic expression; and
d. engage in reflective analysis of their own art work or interpretive performance.
(Letters in parentheses refer to the University Studies Program Fine and Performing Arts
Outcomes listed above)
Students in MUS 141 will:
1. Describe basic performance practices and cultural/gender
contexts of the focus music culture. (USP Outcome c)
2. Perform on representative instruments of the focus music
culture group in both rehearsal and formal performance contexts. (USP Outcome b)
3. Analyze basic musical characteristics of the focus music
culture. (USP Outcome a)
4. Listen within the rehearsal setting to the ensemble and to
tapes of similar ensembles outside the rehearsal setting and reflectively analyze and
discuss the quality, style, and musical expression of the performances. (USP Outcome d)
5. Develop an understanding of and appreciation for the integral
link between music and culture. (USP Outcome c)
§ Attendance and active participation in all rehearsals and
§ Listening to tapes of world music ensemble performances and engaging
in active reflection and discussion concerning the music.
Grading: P/NC Only
Attendance and Grading Policy:
Grading is based on attendance and active participation at all rehearsals and any
scheduled performances. Students are allowed one unexcused absence. Illness and
emergencies are the only events that constitute an excused absence. The instructor must be
notified within 48 hours of the missed rehearsal for an absence to be considered
"excused." You may be asked to produce evidence of illness under certain
conditions. Students who miss a concert or have more than one unexcused absence will
receive a failing grade for the course. Students who come but do not actively participate
in rehearsal and discussion will also receive a failing grade (except in cases where lack
of participation is health-relatedthis condition, however, must be communicated to
the instructor in charge of the rehearsal). Students will receive a warning if their lack
of participation is jeopardizing their ability to pass the course.